Book Review: The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands Book #3)

I should know by now that reading a book set in Europe inevitably makes me want to go there. Extra points for those set in the United Kingdom, or places I’ve been before, or near where I’ve been before. Michael Phillips’ The Legacy fits four out of five criteria! While my travels haven’t yet included the Shetlands, I have been to St. Andrews, which also makes its home on the North Sea. Read on for my review of The Legacy.

{Before you leave, see my review of Book 2, The Cottage!}

About The Legacy

The Legacy Book Cover via AmazonVia

The Dramatic Conclusion to Michael Phillips’s Shetland Islands Saga

Loni Ford’s unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate–not to mention a title–in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whales Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider–and a woman, at that–playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn’t just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.

What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love–with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.

But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island’s most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.

My Review

Michael Phillips draws the Secrets of the Shetlands series to a close with The Legacy. I always struggle saying goodbye to characters, and Loni, David, Audney, and the rest are no exception!

While at times I found the pacing a tad slow, I enjoyed reading Emily’s and Loni’s parallel plots. Brogan turned into a joy of a character, as did the new reverend; Phillips bravely introduced new characters late in the game – and succeeded. I also found the side plot of Brogan’s father and Winston Churchill fascinating! Churchill is such an institution, I hesitated to see his representation in fiction. But, Phillips’ careful hand and exquisite development brought him to life. I now want to dig deeper into Churchill’s own life and history. (I’m sure this means a[nother] trip to Blenheim is in order!)

Phillips enjoys bringing previous characters into new books, so I hope Loni and David appear in future works! The Legacy certainly wins me over, and I recommend it.

Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of The Legacy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips, author of The Legacy, Author PicVia

In 1970, while students at Humboldt State University, Mike and Judy Phillips began what would become the One Way BookShop as a small, informal source of Christian books and materials for their fellow students. Over the next two decades God prospered those small beginnings, and now the bookstore is a thriving part of the Humboldt County Christian community.

Mike’s first published book was about his wife’s pregnancy and the birth of their twin sons. After several more nonfiction titles, Mike undertook a lifelong dream to renew the popularity of Scottish writer George MacDonald, whose teachings had been central to Mike and Judy’s spiritual growth. Mike began editing some of MacDonald’s lengthy novels, heavy with Scottish brogue, into shorter and more readable editions, with some of the work done right at the bookstore counter between customers.

Through the years, God has continued to guide Mike in the production of books emphasizing strong spiritual values and unforgettable characters. In addition to being best sellers in Christian bookstores all across the country, Mike’s books have been offered through several book clubs, have been translated into a number of foreign languages, and have been published in over 120 editions in all, with sales of over 3 million. Mike is today recognized as one of the Christian bookselling industry’s most prolific and versatile authors.

Family is very important to Mike. He and his wife, Judy, have taught their three sons, Patrick, Robin, and Gregory, at home throughout their education. Home schooling enables the family to frequently accompany Mike in his work-related travels.

It has always been Mike’s desire in his writing that all who read his books will find a closer and more real walk with God through the characters and stories. Both he and Judy enjoy responses from readers and find great encouragement from the letters they receive.

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